Sunday, October 24, 2010

Favorite Activities so Far this Fall

Our little family has been quite busy so far this year, working hard at having fun! Here are some our favorite things we've done so far.

Dan Nicholas Park
This was such a fun and inexpensive place to spend the day. It's near Salisbury and features a lot of activities. We enjoyed a carousel, train ride, gem mining, petting barn, nature center, aquarium, picnic area, mini golf, and a great playground. Less than $10 a person for everything! They also have paddle boats and a water plaza area for warmer days. This was one of the coolest parks we've been to... very relaxing... spread out under a canopy of trees in a cool forested area. Has a mountain campground feel. I highly recommend for a day trip!

We took a Sunday trip to see the leaves in the Boone area and rode to Blowing Rock. The kids loved posing on the rocks for pictures and walking the easy little trails. The view from top was really breathtaking and they loved looking in the viewers. Then we headed to Linville Caverns. This place was a hit! A 30 minute tour takes you through a real "cave" as the kids called it. They learned about stalagmites and stalagtites and saw real hibernating bats as they meandered through the cavern. It's just slimy and spooky enough to be fun but not scary. Great experience for kids.

This past Wednesday, we took the Amtrak train from Greensboro to the State Fair in Raleigh. The fair is always fun, but adding the train ride really pumped up the excitement factor. The little ones LOVED going to the depot and boarding the train. The ride itself was a lot of fun and the dining car was a special hit. The train stops right across the street from a fair gate and has a nice covered area for waiting. The "waiting" was a little tedious coming back since the train was a little late but all in all, it was a fun experience I would do again. I recommend bringing some little toys or books for entertainment if there is a wait or if the train ride loses its luster. We played cards, travel size games, and of course my little techie commandeered my iPhone for a session of Glass Tower.

Hope this gives you some new ideas for the season.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Updated October Activity List

Lots to do. Too bad October isn't longer!

October 1: 6-8pm Free children’s activities and music in Center City Park as part of downtown First Friday activities.

October 1 Draw In: A Collaborative Drawing Party.

Location: ArtQuest, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., GSO.

Phone: 336-333-7460.


Summary: An evening of open drawing for the public, artists, students, and doodlers of all ages as part of First Friday in Downtown Greensboro. First Friday visitors may simply enjoy music and refreshments while visiting the exhibition or participate in drop-in activities such as working on personal sketches, collaborating on a floor mural, or watching their drawings become characters in an animated video game. Free. 6-9 p.m.

Oct 1-10 Dixie classic fair

October 3- 24 Our Musical Town.

Location: Greensboro Children's Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO.

Phone: 336-574-2898.


Summary: UNCG School of Music students lead children on a musical journey through Our Town exploring instruments, rhythms and different genres of music. Free with museum admission, $7. 3 p.m.

October 3 Farm Fest at Rising Meadow Farm

Presented by Rising Meadow Farm at Farm Fest

Farm Fest is a Celebration of the Fiber Arts and Good Living. Fiber Animals, Fiber Artists and other Fine Artisans, Sheep Dog Demonstrations, Music, Food (all homemade) make this a wonderful event for all ages

October 3 Art in the Arboretum, 1-6 PM
This fall event is a juried art and fine craft exhibit and sale held in the Greensboro Arboretum on the first Sunday in October. Artists from throughout the region gather to exhibit their hand-crafted offerings in a beautiful outdoor gallery. Activities and entertainment are also included to make this an event for the entire family.

October 3 Greensboro Sportsplex Fall Festival Open House.

Date: Sunday, October 03, 2010

Location: Greensboro Sportsplex, 2400 16th St., GSO.

Phone: 336-373-3272


Summary: Featuring live entertainment, step teams, belly dancers, Irish step dancers, gospel choirs, jump rope teams, cloggers and Greensboro’s own Christian rapper, “Deacon Authority.” Activities will also include an NCAA girls’ basketball recruitment event, a dodgeball tournament, a cornhole tournament, youth volleyball clinics, adult volleyball open play, roller derby practice and more. In addition, Greensboro Parks & Recreation staff will be on hand with booths, promoting a variety of fall activities. Kids can enjoy a moonwalk and pony rides. Free. 1-6 p.m.

October 8-10 Autumn Leaves Festival

Summary: The 44th annual street festival celebrating Mt. Airy's cultural music and craft heritage features 170 artisans and craftspeople with jewlery, pottery, painting and textiles for sale and 21 food vendors. The festival showcases the town's rich musical heritage, such as Old-Time, Blue Grass and Gospel performed by local musicians on the downtown stage. Free admission; fees vary for food and other activities. Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. Main Street, downtown Mt. Airy. 336-786-6116.

October 9 Bur-Mil Park's Fall Festival 10 am to 4 pm Free and open to the public!

October 9 Punkin' Party.

Location: Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive, GSO.

Phone: 336-288-3769.


Summary: Kids can decorate pumpkins, have fun playing games and make pumpkin crafts. Visitors can also enjoy pumpkin treats provided by The Fresh Market and watch the animals in the Zoo eat their own pumpkin treats. Adults, $8; ages 3-13, $7; ages 2 and under, free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

October 9th Fall Family Fun Night in Burlington Marina 3pm-9pm For All Ages
Admission: $5 per person, ages 3 & under free
Lake Cammack Park & Marina
Burlington Recreation & Parks invites families to the 4th annual Fall Family Fun Night. Bring out the whole family to Lake Cammack for an evening full of carnival type games, hot dogs, chips, drinks, hot chocolate, hayrides, and more. Families can also enjoy a movie on the big outdoor screen. Bring a blanket and enjoy the popcorn as you and your family watch the movie under the stars. For more information call 421-3872. Raindate: Sunday, October 10th • 3pm-9pm

Oct. 13th Storybook theatre presents Hansel & Gretel , 10am Muirs Chapel Church preschool, $3.50, 2 and under free 336-420-9277

Oct 14-24 NC State Fair

October 15-16 Jamestown Elem Fall Festival

Location: Jamestown Elementary School, 108 Potter Drive, Jamestown.


Summary: Two-day fall festival featuring rides, games, food and vendors. Free admission; rides and other activities have small fees. Friday 6-10 p.m. and Satuday noon-10 p.m.

October 16th 5-8pm Harvest Hoedown at Greensboro Children’s Museum

October 16 10-5, Cornshucking Frolic, A traditional rural frolic featuring the harvesting, shucking, shelling, and grinding of corn. Cider making, quilting, cooking, woodworking, wagon rides, curing tobacco, children's games, natural dyeing, dancing, and traditional music featured. A variety of craft demonstrations also featured. Wonderful products and gifts available at our Country Store. $3.00 donation requested for admission. Fee charged for food and drinks and some craft activities. For further information, call 336/325/2298.

October 16 Harvest Day: Fall Colors.

Location: Old Salem Museums & Gardens, W-S.

Phone: 336-721-7350.


Summary: Harvest Day at Old Salem will concentrate on the beautiful colors of Fall. Throughout the historic district you'll learn more about trees and their historic uses through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Old Salem Ticket required: adults, $21; ages 6-16, $10. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

HALLOWEEN EVENT Saturday, October 16, 5-11 pm, Summerfield Community Park. Please join us for this popular annual event featuring games, treats, and a haunted hayride. The event is co-sponsored by the Summerfield Youth Council, the Town, and The Northwest Observer.

October 16 Astronomy Day.

Location: Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive, GSO.

Phone: 336-288-3769.


Summary: Come out and enjoy a fun day of learning about the vast and beautiful universe we live in. Explore space on a computer, visit cool astronomy exhibits, see what the night sky looked like on the day you were born, look at the sun through a telescope and more. There will also be free Sky Tonight shows in the OmniSphere at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Free with museum admission, adults, $8; ages 3-13, $7; ages 2 and under, free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fall Foliage Tours at Lake Townsend Image gallery

Presented by Greensboro Parks & Recreation at Lake Townsend Marina

· EVENT Saturday, October 16, 5-11 pm, Summerfield Community Park. Please join us for this popular annual event featuring games, treats, and a haunted hayride. The event is co-spo

October 16-October 30 Fall Leaves Tour at Lake Townsend on Sat and Suns (336) 373-3694 Experience autumn at Lake Townsend! Come join us for a pontoon boat ride to view the beautiful fall colors.

October 22 OPEN GYM at Tumblebees
School Year Open Gym is one Friday each month.
Preschool - 3:30-4:30pm
School Age - 4:30-5:30pm
$7 members, $10 non-members

October 23 Ghoulash! Halloween Festival The Greensboro Youth Council presents Ghoulash! with lots of spooktackular candy-grabbing fun! This event is a great way to enjoy safe and fun Halloween activities with the entire family. Events

are also held at the Historical Museum and the Children’s Museum. Cultural Arts District, Festival Park, 200 N. Davie St., 5-9 pm, free (small fee charged for some activities), 373-2733

October 23rd 10-5 Choctoberfest at Ten Thousand Villages

October 23rd Lexington BBQ Festival

October 24 and October 31 City Lake Park Fall Leaves Tour at Piedmont Environmental Center
2p.m., 3p.m., 4p.m., 5p.m. Fee:$4.00 per person
Ride City Lake's excursion boat around the lake to view spectacular fall colors. Participants must be at least 4 years old. Each ride will last approximately 45 minutes. Because seating is limited, reservations must be made in advance by calling the Park office at 883-3498. Reservations will be taken beginning September 15. Groups may charter the tour boat by making arrangements in advance.

Oct 23 and 24 BOO at the ZOO – NC Zoo in Asheboro
A magical weekend featuring games, music, face painting, costume contests and plenty of Halloween fun.

October 27 Monster Mash Halloween

Location: Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Drive, GSO.

Phone: 336-373-2923.

Summary: Hear spooky tales, make a mask, and have some yummy treats. Free. 3:30 p.m.

Oct 29 and 30, 7-9pm Halloween Safari at Piedmont Environmental Center
No spooks but plenty of surprises await kids and adults on PEC’s trails at night! Meet “animals” who tell amazing things about their lives up close and personal as you make your way through the darkened woods. Snacks, a campfire and live music complete this unusual Halloween education adventure. All participants should bring a flashlight. Safari hike lasts about 45 minutes. No registration required. $4.00/person; ages 5 and under $1.00

October 28-30 Higgins Haunted Harbor-Lake Higgins Watershed Park

October 28-30 Old Salem Halloween Tours.

Location: Old Salem Museum & Gardens, W-S.

Phone: 336-721-7350.


Summary: A haunting evening of Salem's traditional tales of spirits and mischief. One-hour tours depart Salem Square every 15 minutes. This tour includes walking distances outdoors in a hilly area. Space is limited and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration required. Adults, $18; children, $15. 6-9 p.m.

October 28- Zoo Boo-Bash / 5-8pm at Nat Sci Ctr of Gso

October 30 Harvest Festival at SciWorks

Location: SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S.

Phone: 336-767-6730.


Summary: Hayrides, make-and-take craft activities, the Winston-Salem Dog Training Club, animal interviews, science demonstrations and more. Come dressed in your Halloween costume! Also offering 20% off on memberships at the event only. Adults, $10; ages 6-18, $8; ages 2-5, $6; under 2, free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

October 29-November 14, 2010 Nana’s Naughty Knickers Presented by The Barn Dinner Theatre at Barn Dinner Theatre

October 30 Oak Halloween.

Location: Oak Hollow Mall, HP.

Phone: 336-886-6255.

Summary: Trick or treat in safe, indoor environment at Oak Hollow Mall. Free. 4-6 p.m.

October 30 Monster Mash at WS Children’s Museum

Location: Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S.

Phone: 336-723-9111.


Summary: Celerbate Halloween with dancing, crafting and games galore; includes pizza dinner. Come dressed up in costume! Pre-registration required. Members, $8; non members, $10. 6–7:30 p.m.

October 28-31 "Skelly’s Scarytales: The Musical."

Location: Paramount Theatre, Burlington.

Phone: 336-570-6516.


Summary: Teen To Teen Theatre presents Halloween and year-round safety tips by hilarious, not-so-spooky characters. Appropriate for all ages. Call for ticket prices and times.

October 30-31 Wizard of Oz Trail.

Location: Castle McCulloch, 3925 Kivett Drive, Jamestown.

Phone: 336-887-5413.


Summary: Community Theatre of Greensboro presents a family-friendly Halloween trail featuring characters from the Wizard of Oz. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. Adults, $9; children, $6.

October 31- Pumpkin Patch Express.

Location: N.C. Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave. Spencer.

Phone: 704-636-2889.


Summary: Kids and their parents enjoy a train ride with friendly ghosts and witches before visiting the Pumpkin Patch Fair. Also featuring a kid-friendly haunted house, Halloween costume contest at noon and pumpkin painting. Adults, $7; ages 3-12, $5; under 3, free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

October 31 Trick-or-Treat in Old Salem.

Location: Old Salem Museum & Gardens, W-S.


Summary: Visit the historic district in costume and stop at the historic buildings for treats. Free. 6-9 p.m.

October 31 Family-Friendly Halloween.

Location: Burlington Outlet Village, exit 145 on I 85/40, Burlington.


Summary: Children can trick or treat at all BOV stores from 2-4 p.m. Free.

October 31st Ballet Boo!

Location: Greensboro Ballet Studios,3rd floor, Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., GSO.

Phone: 336-333-7480.


Summary: A Halloween event for all ages presented by Greensboro Ballet. Part of their Ballet for a Buck series, learn about the history of the ballet art form, the various styles of ballet, and have the opportunity to interact with Greensboro Ballet’s dancers. Reservations required. $1. 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

October 30-31 Batology at NC Zoo

Summary: Learn about the good nature of bats. Meet the Keepers, see bat feedings and enjoy educational activities. Free with zoo admission, adults, $10; ages 2-12, $6; under 2, free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. N.C. Zoo, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro. 800-488-0444.

Thru October 31st J Raz & Tazz Farm, Corn Maize, Haunted Forest, hayride, 466 Peeden Dr Gibsonville

Thru Nov 6- Woods of Terror,

Thru Nov 6- Kersey Valley Spooky Woods

Thru Nov 5 Fall Fun-for-All Adventure Steeple Hill Farm

“Fun-for-All Hayride ADVENTURE!” Hay Maze, Barn Yard Critters, & More... All aboard for a fun hay wagon ride with stops along the way at beautiful Steeple Hill Farm, a Triad working farm. Travel the hills and trails on the hay wagon to feed the “Barnyard” chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits, mini horse and donkey, then on to feed the babies in the “Calf Corral;” ride along “Butterfly Trail” to the “Hay Maze.” Conquer the “Hay Maze” and win a mini pumpkin; then on to the “Enchanted Forest.” A great Fall outing for families, senior citizens, schools and day care field trips. Call today to schedule your “Fun-for-All ADVENTURE!”

Thru November 7 Maize Adventure

Location: 1615 Kersey Valley Road, HP.

Phone: 336-431-1700.


Summary: Explore the Maize Adventure corn maze, pumpkin patch, gem dig, tram train, cow train, dinosaur discovery and giant jumping pillow. $3-$23. Ages 4 and under free for corn maze only. 1-6 p.m.

Thru Oct 9 All-A-Flutter Family Days.

All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm will hold Family Days every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 9. All ages can experience the magic of hand feeding a monarch butterfly with a one hour and 15 minute tour of the butterfly house and presentation. No reservations necessary. Adults, $6; children, $5. Sunday 2 p.m. All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm, 7850-B Clinard Farms Road, HP. 336-454-5651.

A.C.Moore Arts & Crafts Make & Take Classes.

Date: Wednesdays

Location: 4217D W. Wendover Ave., GSO or 3208 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S.


Summary: Kids ages 4 and up can visit any one of A.C. Moore’s Triad stores to make their own age-appropriate craft to take home. Each week features a different theme. No reservations necessary. 3-5 p.m. Free.

Gold and Gem Panning.

Date: Thru Oct 31

Location: Castle McCulloch, 3925 Kivett Drive, Jamestown

Phone: 336-887-2206.


Summary: Pan for gold, emeralds, rubies, garnets, amethyst, crystals and more. Open to the public Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 31. $4; buckets starting at $10.

Indiana Bones and Survival Science Spectacular.

Location: Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive, GSO.

Phone: 336-288-3769.


Summary: Indiana Bones shows how putting the knowledge of science to work has gotten him out of some pretty tough jams and has helped to save his life. Survival Science Spectacular is an exciting story told to us through fun and amazing demonstrations. Free with museum admission, adults, $8; ages 3-13, $7; ages 2 and under, free. Monday-Friday 11 a.m., 1 p.m and 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

High Point City Lake Park in Jamestown- Rides open on Weekends thru Oct 10

Burlington City Park- rides open on Sat and Sun